Where to Buy Ethical Fashion in Brooklyn, NY


I finally got to spend more time in Brooklyn on my recent NYC trip. Plenty of the boutiques here carry ethical fashion, so my main mission was to poke around and create this post for you. I didn’t end up buying anything because I didn’t feel strongly about the things I’d tried on, but here are a handful of boutiques that I’d definitely return to.



98 South 4th St
Brooklyn, NY
347 599 2969


Swords-Smith stocks some pretty cool stuff—a lot of small designers that manufacture locally or responsibly abroad. I even discovered brands that are made in Canada, like Obakki and Priory.



203 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY
718 388 1655


Bird has three locations around Brookyn, with the one on Grand Street being the flagship. They carry quirky independent designers alongside big name brands. I spotted ethical brands like Ace + Jig, Rachel Comey, and Brother Vellies. Not everything here is ethical or sustainable, so be sure to ask a salesperson to help you find locally made pieces if you’re not sure.


242 Wythe Ave #4
Brooklyn, NY
1 800 605 0759


As I’ve mentioned before, I love Baggu’s clutches. Their leather goods are made in the USA from natural milled leather. Their reusable totes are also very cute.



129 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York
718 384 0700


IGWT (In God We Trust) designs and manufactures their clothing, accessories and jewelry in NYC. I visited their location on Bedford Avenue, and they have another store in Greenpoint. They also stock other indie labels, which is how I discovered Minor History bags.


Beacon’s Closet

74 Guernsey St
Brooklyn, NY
718 486 0816


With 4 locations, Beacon’s Closet is where the locals go for vintage or preloved clothes. The Guernsey Street location is pretty big, so be prepared to dig.

Also check out Catbird for ethically sourced and locally made jewelry; Kaight for ethical fashion and accessories; and Artists & Fleas for artisan made and vintage goods.

Photography by Annie Zhu

What are your favourite ethical stores in Brooklyn? Let me know in the comments below.

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